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Apr 8, 2024

Missing in Action

  Howdy,  Just a heads up I will be missing on the blog for a few days.  We are upgrading our computer system.  Hope to be back visiting you all soon.

Mar 30, 2024

Inspired by challenge with TK


 Hello and Welcome!

So my friend, TK and I are back again this month with another challenge.

She picked this photo:

of a trio of cakes.  We could do our theme based on cake, color, theme etc...

I had hoped to do more then one card for this challenge but time got away with me this week and I only managed to get one card completed for the challenge.

Here is what I came up with:  You can pretty much figure out where I got my inspiration from.

This is a relatively simple CAS style card (something I tend to struggle with).  I got the idea for my design from this card and of course the cake with the sunset colors and the elephants.

I didn't have an elephant stamp (that I knew where it was) on hand so I opted for a Giraffe instead.  

For this card I started with a card base of Basic Black, Then a layer of Calypso Coral that I distressed the edges with Calypso Coral ink as well.  

Then I cut out a square on a piece of scrap paper and used that as a mat for sponging my colored square.  Inks used were: Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Calypso Coral.  I also distressed the edges with the Crushed curry ink.

Next I stamped the tree and giraffe in Memento Tuxedo black ink.  I stamped the sentiment with the same ink and die cut it out with an SU Stylish Die and an old SU circle punch.  That was mounted on top of the square with foam tape.
To complete the card I added some enamel dots from Paper Studio.

The stamp set is Hero Arts.

Be sure to stop in on TK's blog:  Time4Kards to see what she was inspired by.

Thanks for stopping in and have a beautiful Easter Weekend.

Mar 28, 2024

Birthday Greeting

 Hello and Welcome - Long time no post seems to be my motto anymore - But I'm back today to share a card I made awhile back to send someone for their birthday and then never mailed it.

So for this card I used a cake stamp from (Annabelle Stamps) which no longer exists.  I used a birthday embossing folder (Cuttlebug-Provo Craft) which I also believe is not in business anymore.
The candle punch is, (EK success).  The paper is from, (DCWV - Grade School stack). Enamel dots (Paper Studio).

Colors used: Granny Apple Green, Real Red, Basic White and Lavender Lace*retired. Circle punches (Nestabilitie dies and SU Stylish Die). Foam tape and some yellow glitter on the flame were also used.

I hope to have more cards to share in the future but stamping time has been limited lately.

Thanks for stopping by.

Also my new banner while it's not stamping related I created it on AI Bing and added some stuff using BeFunky.  I'll try to get a card banner back up soon but I thought this was cute.

Mar 8, 2024

Unity Kraft Challenge

 Welcome. - I'm finally getting around to posting a few cards.

Today's cards are for the Unity Stamp Company Kraft Challenge.
 If you want to view the other cards for this challenge click on the link HERE
Here are the cards I made for the challenge:
For this card I used this adorable mouse/dandelion image from Unity April 2023 KOM.  The sentiment was a set gifted me for Christmas.  You can purchase it here on Amazon.
Card Base: SU Pecan Pie, Kraft base is a retired SU card stock that had little bits of colored speckles in it.  The DP  was purchased at JoAnn's.

I used a border punch (SU - retired) and some lavender cs (SU retired).
Ink Pad: Pecan Pie SU
Colored Pencils.

Card #2:

All details are the same as the card about - Except the stamps and sentiment.  These are from Unity February 2023 KOM

I hope you enjoyed these cards.  It was fun to be able to sit down and craft for a change.

Feb 26, 2024

Challenge #2 - Inspired By


Today I'm sharing a card I made for a challenge with my friend, TK (Time 4 Kards).  This is our second challenge.  Last month we did, Card Kits and made cards from each others kits.  

This month we did an "Inspiration" challenge.  - I found a picture:

And the idea was that we each made a card based on inspiration from this photo.  There were so many different ways this could be interpreted.

I admit that I struggled with this card (a lot) even though there were so many possibilities for inspiration.  I'm still in a bit of a stamping "funk" so hopefully you'll see the inspiration in my card.

The things that caught my eye were the colors and the palm fronds.
I also liked the animal print but alas did not have anything that would have worked for that.  Instead I used a tan color for the base of my card. (SU Pecan Pie).  I layered that with an embossed piece of light green card stock.  I used the Palm Leaves embossing folder from Cuttlebug (retired).  My paper was a pattern piece of with tropical leaves and blooms.  I liked that it had hints of pink/red in it as the inspiration photo did as well.
I die cut a tropical leaf in a darker green.  The Aloha sentiment was from the set that TK gave me on our last challenge.

I've long since gotten really mixed up on my old SU colors so I can't exactly say what they are.  I do know I used (Island Indigo - retired SU) ink for the sentiment.  

Dies: SU Stylish Dies, Punch (Optic Dot - Martha Stewart), Small blue gems.

Please stop by Terri's blog (TIME 4 KARDS) and check out how she was inspired by the photo.

Feb 9, 2024

PP675 - To the One I Love and NBUS#59

 Welcome. - I finally got around to working on a card for one of the challenges this week.

Today I'm joining the Paper Players for PP675 theme challenge.

Here is the card that I made:



 For this card I used a new die (Cats) that I received as a gift and I don't know the company name.  I also used a sentiment stamp from Hero Arts (love, stamp & cut - DC175) for the first time.

Details: Card Stock: Basic Black, Basic White, Real Red and Pink

Cat Die, Heart Die Border (SU-Many Hearts Die set). Designer Paper from my stash, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Puffy Heart Stickers, Swiss Dot Embossing Folder & Foam tape.


I hope you like this card as much as I do.  Of course being a cat lover this one just made me feel good.


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Jan 28, 2024

Fun Challenge with a Friend

Today's post is a super fun one. - I met a fellow stamper, Terri (aka TK from: Time 4 Kards through a blog post about 3-4 years ago.  She lives about an hours drive from where I live.  After exchanging e-mails we eventually decided to meet in person and have been enjoying each others blogs and friendship every since.

This year we decide to start doing card challenges with each other.  For our first challenge we each made a "kit" for each other.  The kits included stamps and paper.  We also made a kit for ourselves of the one we exchanged with each other.  Then we made cards using the kits and today we are posting what we did with each other's kit and our own kit. - Hopefully that makes sense.

This first card is from the Kit that I made up to give to TK.

My kit contained: Images from Unity Stamps, Sending Smiles (Whit Kit/June 2023).  I included 3 stamped sentiments, 2 Hot Air Balloons, 2 pieces of patterned paper, some die cut clouds, Washi Tape and card stock. - I gave her the option of using the card base color or choosing one of her own.  Plus the use of the Washi tape was optional as well.
For my card I used the card base (Real Red - SU).  Then I die cut my patterned paper using a Unity Die (Scallops and Rectangles) I colored the balloon image with Copic markers.  The cloud was also edged with a copic marker.  I used Fishtail dies (MFT Stamps) on the designer paper and sentiment.  Imaged were mounted with foam tape.
Now on to the cards I made using the Kit that TK made for me:

I was so lucky to receive this kit.  That Stamp set is called:Inner Flamingo - You can still purchase this HERE.  Such a cute set, plus it had matching dies! - She included some great patterned paper:
Hot Tropics - Honey Bee Stamps (which I believe is now retired).

For this first card I used the Pink Card stock she included and stamped 2 flamingos with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and die cut them out.  Then I highlighted portions of the the flamingo with colored pencils.  I added Melone glitter to the crown (Art Institute).
I used 3 of the patterns of paper that TK asked me to use on this card.  For the green side I embossed that with a tropical leaf embossing folder from my own stuff (Momenta). I layered that over the Red tropical leaf patterned and added a strip of another patterned piece of paper.  I also used that paper to stamp the sentiment on. The patterned pieces were mounted to a black card base.  The flamingos were mounted with foam tape along with the sentiment.  I finished off the card with some red enamel dots (Echo Park).

Here is the 2nd card I made from the kit:

For this card I started with a white card base.  Then I cut out a piece of black card stock with a Unity Scalloped rectangle die.  I used the reverse side of the paper from the first card's sentiment & strip piece.  It had stripes on it.  I layered that on top of the black card stock.  - Then I stamped the Mondo Anthurium (a seperate set that I was given) I used the green card stock TK sent and stamped it with Granny Apple (SU) green ink and cut it out with the matching die.
I stamped the flamingo with Memento Tuxedo ink on the pink card stock and again used colored pencils to highlight areas on the flamingo.  I added some Wink of Stella to the party hat.  Images/Sentiment mounted with foam tape.  Enamels dots were added to complete the card.
That's it for my cards.  Don't forget to stop by TK's blog to check out the cards she created with the same kits.  TIME 4 KARDS

Jan 24, 2024

Happy Mail

 Hello! - Yes, I'm still here.  With the rush of Christmas over and the start of the New Year I've just not had much time for stamping.

Plus after a fantastic Christmas season without any bad weather we got hit with severe cold, snow & ice.  Now those that know me will understand that winter is NOT my thing. - I tend to get grumpy and depressed and totally unmotivated.  So yes, I've not been in a crafting mood.

However that will soon change as I have been working on some stuff that I will be sharing really soon.

In the meantime I got the "cutest" card from my friend Ann who blogs over at: https://annssnapeditscrap.blogspot.com/

Here is what she sent me:

I loved it.  The sentiment inside just cracked me up because it arrived during some of nasty weather we've been having.  - Now if you want to know what the sentiment was you will have to visit her blog as she made a post about this card.  You can find that post by clicking on the link HERE.  -  How totally fitting that was.

Thank you so much Ann for sending me something fun and cheerful to help brighten up the gloomy winter day.